We love West Coast Park for its amazing playgrounds, gorgeous green spaces, and scoot-friendly paths. Put it on your must-see list!
It’s not all about the East when it comes to the best parks in Singapore. The West has an equally amazing offering: West Coast Park! And us parents are huge fans. But if you thought West Coast Park was just about the fabulous playground, then think again! We’ve done all the research into how to get the most out of the area with kids, so you don’t have to. Here’s everything you need to know about Singapore’s West Coast Park…
All the fun things to do with kids in West Coast Park Singapore
If you live in Singapore’s west, then there’s every chance you’ll already be a regular at West Coast Park (crikey, we feel like it’s our second home!). Even if you’re not a Westie, you’ll no doubt have heard of the park as being Singapore’s best in the west. We’re in agreement on this one – it takes some topping as far as kiddie hangouts go and makes for a great pram-friendly walk, too.
THE place to be is, of course, the playground – it’s no exaggeration to say it’s AMAZING (see below for the full lowdown). And, even if you don’t want to spend all your time at the playground, West Coast Park still has loads to offer. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to social distancing (yay!), with plenty of green space (50 hectares no less), making it one of our faves for outdoor fun and a daily dose of exercise.
Here’s our rundown of the best bits…
1. West Coast Park’s “grand” lawn
OK, it’s maybe not the official name, but either way, it’s accurate. This large, open grassy space is our top pick for ball games, cartwheels… you name it. It’s also the best spot in West Coast Park for flying kites. Note: there’s limited shade, so head here early or opt for the tree-lined edges. Oh, and remember that sunscreen – we’re absolute sticklers for sun safety!
2. Look out for wildlife!
West Coast Park is nestled between the West Coast Highway and the port, which score terribly in the beauty stakes. Despite that, the park itself is home to loads of cool, local wildlife. Get through the park’s gates, and its ugly neighbours are soon forgotten. We especially love the twisty tree walkways at the start of the park, near the Pasir Panjang Wholesale entrance. The monkeys seem to agree and are regular visitors here. Monkeys are always a sure-fire hit with the mini squad; just make sure everyone is waving from afar! If you’re lucky, you might even spot a hornbill or two.
3. Marsh Gardens hideaway
Keeping with the wildlife theme, the best hidden gem in the park – hands down – is the Marsh Gardens. At the opposite end to Pasir Panjang Wholesalers, this place is always quiet… a big social distancing, yes! The gardens offer a boardwalk leading to a small lake and jetty, which is great for terrapin spotting. It’s sure to keep kiddos entertained as you walk on through!
4. Sandpits galore
Other than that awesome playground, there are still plenty of other activities at West Coast Park to keep all the fam busy. Granted, it might not have the beaches of its East Coast Park sister, but it does have some great sandy areas prime for castle-building. One is technically a volleyball court (which is a big tick for the older kids), but we love to use it as a massive sandpit when it’s quiet.
5. Boats, boats and more boats
Although we’re obviously big West Coast Park fans, we’ll admit it doesn’t quite have the Insta-worthy vistas of the East. But what it lacks in palm trees, it makes up for in boats! And who doesn’t love a game of boat I-spy?! (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.) Those industrial views are great for little ones, with boats of all shapes and sizes to spot.
6. Dogs are welcome!
Dog owners rejoice! If you’re bringing your four-legged friend out for some exercise, too, then check out the dog run at the Pasir Panjang end of the park. This is the perfect canine haunt and is sure to impress dog-loving littlies, too, with its array of doggy pals.
7. Biking and scoot-friendly paths galore!
Apart from walking, the wide, open pathways here are ideal for scooting. You can also consider hiring a bike or bringing your own to check out one of the many cycling routes in the park. Go Cycling offers a range of options, including kids’ bikes, ones with baby seats and even tandems. The park is relatively flat, too, so it’s perfect for all fitness levels.
8. The best ever playground!
West Coast Park has eight offerings (yes, eight!). So, however old your kids are, they’re sure to be in their element here.
Playground fun for the little ones…
As well as a dedicated toddler zone complete with a fire engine and percussion wall (who’s toddler doesn’t love making a noise?!), there’s also sandpits galore. Buckets and spades are compulsory. If that wasn’t enough, there are two ships for nautical-themed adventures. Go back in time with a Viking discovery or channel your best pirate impression on the Jolly Rodger. And let’s not forget the humble swing (always a big tick in our book).
One of our favourite areas here is the blue slide zone. As well as being a fab play structure with slides and climbing frames aplenty, it also benefits from the shade early in the day. This space has been specifically designed, so it’s accessible for all and wheelchair-friendly, too.
Playground fun for the older kids…
Older kids will go nuts over the gigantic climbing frame and slide combo. It’s THE play structure in West Coast Park. We’ve even been tempted to give it a go (all in the name of research, obvs). There are also zip lines, an assault course and balancing beams galore to explore here.
Where to eat near West Coast Park with kids
1. Have a picnic!
Sadly, there’s not a lot in the way of food options at West Coast Park, so a great option is coming prepared with a picnic. On the upside, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to set up your feast. There are also BBQ pits if a picnic won’t cut it.
Didn’t come prepared? The only option in the park itself is McDonald’s, which is very conveniently located next to the playground. If you’ve explored the park and done your fair share of scooting, then you can probably live with the burger guilt.
If McDonald’s isn’t a go-er and you’re in need of a caffeine fix, the great news is that a mere two minutes away, you’ll find hidden gem Kith – hooray! It’s already a firm fave and our go-to cafe for kid-friendly options. We say throw in a banana bread for good measure – it’s the best.
How to get to West Coast Park
The closest MRT is Haw Par Villa on the circle line, but it’s still a good (and for the most part scenic) 30-40 minute walk from here to the playground. The park extends all the way to Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, so you’ll only have to walk the West Coast Highway (admittedly not so picturesque) for a little bit. If that’s a bit much in the scorching Singapore heat, hop on the 175/176 bus. You can then skip the dull road section and start your walk close to the park entrance.
If you want to head straight to the action (think grand lawn, Marsh Gardens and playground), then stay on the bus and head for McDonald’s. This is your best spot if you’re trying to direct taxis as well. If you’re driving, then McDonald’s is the nearest car park for all the activities.
So, there you have it. A fabulous time awaits at West Coast Park. Enjoy!